Five Life Events Made Easier with Self-Storage
Organising, planning for, and dealing with major life events can be stressful. Sometimes they are planned, other times, they are unplanned; sometimes they are sad, sometimes they are happy. Either way, preparing for certain life events, such as having a baby, moving house or losing a loved one, can be daunting at best. This is where self-storage can come in handy. A survey conducted by the UK Self Storage Association (SSA) showed that one third of people use self-storage during an important life event, helping to make the event more manageable.
You may find yourself wondering just how helpful self-storage can be in these situations; after all, putting a few items into storage isn’t exactly going to stop a newborn baby from keeping you up all night, right? You may be surprised to find just how helpful self-storage can be in certain situations – from helping you declutter your home for house viewings to storing items and equipment for your wedding. Below we take a look at five major life events that can be made more manageable with self-storage.
Preparing for a tiny new arrival is an extremely exciting time, not to mention one of the biggest life-changing events that you’ll experience in your lifetime. While preparing for a new baby is an incredibly special time, it can also be somewhat stressful if you’re struggling for space. Bringing home a new baby also means bringing a whole host of new belongings, items and pieces of equipment into your home – something that you may feel you don’t have enough room for. From clothes, toys, cribs and prams to bottles, nappies, changing mats and car seats, finding the space to store all of your baby’s items can be difficult.
For many people, moving to a bigger house is simply not an option. Not only is it extremely expensive, but it is also a stressful and time-consuming process – potentially one of the last things you need on your plate when preparing for your new baby. Instead, make the most of self-storage. In order to accommodate all of the extra baby items, you will likely need to have a big clear out – but what happens when there are certain items that you do not want to part with? Self-storage is an ideal solution and can be extremely helpful by allowing you to store items safely out of the way and clearing space in your home.
It’s no secret that, today, getting married is very expensive and requires months, even years, of planning. If you are currently in the process of planning your wedding, then a self-storage facility may just be the answer to all of your wedding planning worries. In the lead up to the big day, you will likely be acquiring all sorts of wedding items and equipment, such as centrepieces, table decorations, signage, decorative candles, tablecloths, glasses, table names and more. Of course, not all of us have the space in our home to store all of this equipment; big boxes full of wedding items can quickly take over your house.
Instead, put all of your wedding equipment into storage to keep it safe and secure before you need it on the big day. Hiring a self-storage unit automatically provides you with an extra ‘room’ to store everything. Once your wedding is over, self-storage also provides a safe and secure place for you to store all of your wedding gifts until you move into your dream home with your partner.
Losing a loved one
Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things that we will go through in our lifetime. In many cases, close relatives sort out and look after the belongings of the person who has passed away – something that can be extremely sad and overwhelming. When dealing with the death of a loved one, you may not feel ready to go through their belongings or decide what to do with everything; having to sort out a large amount of belongings can be stressful on top of the grief that you are already experiencing.
Many people choose to use self-storage in this situation as it provides a safe place for you to keep all of your loved one’s possessions until they feel ready to deal with them, rather than straight away. In many cases, it is down to the relatives to empty a property quickly when someone passes because it needs to be sold or handed back to the landlord. Self-storage helps to take the pressure off having to make any quick decisions about a loved one’s possessions and provides reassurance that their items can still be safely accessed at any point further down the line.
You may find that you have inherited furniture or other items from a loved one that you do not have room for at the moment. Hiring a self-storage unit to store these items away until you have space for them can help to alleviate some of the stress and give you peace of mind that these items are safe and secure.
Moving house is undoubtedly one of the most stressful dates on the calendar. Hiring a self-storage unit when moving house, however, can help take the pressure and stress off moving day. Packing up all of your possessions and moving them to a new property can be overwhelming to say the least – and not to mention exhausting. When packing up your possessions for a house move, your house can quickly become cluttered with boxes – something that doesn’t look great if you are also trying to sell your home at the same time. Gradually moving items that you do not use everyday into storage can help to stagger the packing process and make your move seem far more manageable.
Using self-storage during a house move also allows you to unpack items into your new property at your own pace, rather than having to unload and unpack absolutely everything from the removals van on the day of your move.
You may find that there is a gap between selling your current property and moving into your new one; in this case, temporary household storage can be extremely useful and take the pressure off finding somewhere to safely secure all of your possessions. If you are holding house viewings, decluttering your home and moving items into storage can help make your home look more spacious and sell your property quicker.
Break-up or Divorce
Sadly, many relationships do come to an end. Going through a break-up or a divorce can be an extremely emotional time, particularly if it happens abruptly and one person has to move their possessions out of a property with little planning or notice. Often, serious relationship break-ups result in a period of uncertainty, when perhaps one of you is living in temporary accommodation before making any decisions about moving forward with your future. If you find yourself moving into temporary accommodation, you will likely not have the room to move absolutely everything in with you – if this is the case, putting some of your items into storage ensures that your possessions remain safe and secure while you work out what your next steps are.
If you are going through a divorce or a break-up, self-storage can be a blessing in disguise. Break-ups can often be made worse and more stressful by disputes over possessions or property. Hiring a storage unit during this time can provide some neutral ground and a safe place to store shared possessions in order to ease some of the strain and allow you to decide what to do with items when you are both ready.
Store-Safe: affordable storage solutions in Stoke on Trent
At Store-Safe, we provide secure and cheap storage units to residential and commercial clients in Stoke on Trent. Our units range in size from 40 to 320 square feet and are suitable for all requirements, whether you need to move household items into storage during a move or simply need a safe place to store your wedding equipment before your big day.
We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and the security of our storage solutions; all units are protected by shift staff, 24 hour CCTV cameras and a red-walled Perimeter Protection Alarm System to ensure that your items are as safe as possible. We even provide customers with a free high specification lock worth £45 to reduce the risk of break-ins by other storage users.